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Once you step into Jazz Tastings you are met by the soothing sax notes of the live jazz ensemble, velvet voice of the lead singer, the clink of wine glasses and the laughter of intimately grouped patrons in a sophisticated yet casually chic décor. The ambiance of muted amber lights, rich hue of chocolate wood furnishings, relaxing lounge chairs and a wall of fireplace bricks punctuated with pops of reds, orange and gold, reminded me of a visit to exclusive, trendy soho or Greenwich Village of New York. An impressive wine list boasts exquisite offerings of wine from around the world and the added muses of live jazz lends to the stylish vibe and harmony of fine wine, good company, and inspired Tapas (small tastings).
My guests and I were seated in comfortable lounge chairs and presented with an array of tastings that dazzled the taste buds. The menu, a superb melody of culinary delights was personally created by the virtuoso, Chef Jose Bofill. He enthusiastically describes each sumptuous plate with the passion of a fine artist. He focuses on simple yet, complex flavors, marrying both savory and sweet. We were treated to several tapas plates ingeniously presented in simple, white triple plates or bowls and paired with a Twisted Moscato wine.
The owner, Rory Frazier, then recommended the Pièce de résistance; the house specialty; luscious Pecan Bread Pudding paired with a Jackson Triggs Vidal Ice wine. Each decadent morsel was soaked with the full-bodied flavours of Kentucky bourbon, poppy seeds and caramelized butterscotch bananas foster. A surprisingly Light but rich stickiness of pure heaven. The ice wine was aromatic and graceful, with notes of apricot and black currents. A wonderful accompaniment.
This is now the new HOT spot of Orlando, and I dare all my hip, trendy and mod compatriots to visit and not feel right at home. Go on! I dare you.
164 Lake Ave, Maitland, FL 32571
Phone: (407) 661-1190